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Two-minute drill: Kathie Wollney


Position: Hurdles

Year: Senior

Hometown: Cary, Illinois

How long have you been running track?

I started back in eighth grade, but back then I also played competitive soccer, basketball and volleyball. My freshman year of high school was when I really started to get serious about track, so I quit my other sports to focus on running.

What's your favorite Miami memory?

I think my favorite time or memory from my time here at Miami has definitely been from last fall to now with the cross-country and track teams. Watching the team grow and develop in the face of so much adversity, with so many coaching and staff changes. It's been so cool to see everyone come together and become even closer than before.

If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

Abraham Lincoln. We have the same birthday, so there's obviously a special connection between us. He's definitely my all-time favorite historical figure.

Who's your funniest teammate?

I have to say Jess Baker, my roommate. We balance each other out, and we're always laughing when we're together. It's probably because we're both very weird.

Do you have any weird pregame rituals?

I used to have a bunch, but I got way too superstitious. I used to take shots of honey before races for the sugar rush, but I stopped doing that a while ago. I still always race in the same pair of socks, though.

Do you wash them?


If you had to choose one teammate or coach to be stuck with on an island, who would it be?

I know I'm going to regret saying this, but probably Coach Peterson. He has experience as an EMT/firefighter, so he brings a lot of knowledge to the table.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

My first thought is speed, but that's way too basic. I think I'll go with invisibility, so I could sneak around and hear lots of gossip.

Any fun facts about you?

In second grade, someone fell on my face and broke my two front teeth in half. I went to the dentist, and he decided to glue the broken pieces back on. They were fine for eight years, then I was chewing gum at state track my freshman year and they fell out.

Was that before, during, or after your race?

After, thankfully.